The Beep Seals

Monday, 16 June 2008, 16:12 | Category : Uncategorized
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I thought that I’d like The Beep Seals when I heard that Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub had produced their debut album. I was right. It’s easy to see why they asked Norman to be the producer, as the Manchester band are cut from a very similar West Coast-pop-and-harmonies-loving cloth as the Glasgow elder statesmen. [...]

Mumford and Sons

Friday, 13 June 2008, 16:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s some new folky goodness for you. Not folky as in the beardy sense, mainly because the kid in Mumford and Sons are probably too young to grow beards. Led by one Marcus Mumford, this west London band peddle a sparkly, breezy, bluegrass-infused folk-pop that’s very similar to Noah and the Whale, or at least [...]

More White Williams, yeah

Friday, 13 June 2008, 12:36 | Category : Uncategorized
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It’s been just over a week since White Williams was on here, but it’s worth doing another post, because in the time since the last one, I’ve acquired a copy of Joe Williams’ debut album Smoke, and it’s a total cracker.
It’s chock-full of echoey electro-pop goodness with nods to Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Prince, [...]

Half-handed Cloud and the Henningham Family Press

Thursday, 12 June 2008, 14:22 | Category : Uncategorized
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Here’s a post on behalf of my friends David and Ping*, who are the Henningham Family Press. They’re putting on an event with Half-Handed Cloud at The Foundry on Old Street on 26 June.
It’s not a gig as such – they describe it as:
“a collaborative music and silkscreen printing project. This project will culminate in [...]

You’ve either got it or you haven’t

Thursday, 12 June 2008, 13:02 | Category : Uncategorized
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There are any number of young bands out there, featuring choppy new wave guitars, incessant drumming and attractive female vocalists. Most of them are a bit rubbish. Stricken City definitely aren’t. Just don’t ask me why. They’ve just got something the others haven’t.
Download: Stricken City – Tak o TakDownload: Stricken City – The Traveller
On the [...]

I’m in the Norman Blake fanclub

Wednesday, 11 June 2008, 10:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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I love Teenage Fanclub. They’re the first band that I really got into, way back in the heady summer of 1991, and their sun-drenched harmonies were the soundtrack to much of my 1990s. So it’s hardly a surprise that despite the disappointments of the last couple of albums, I still hang on their every word, [...]

I’m in the Norman Blake fanclub

Wednesday, 11 June 2008, 10:52 | Category : Uncategorized
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I love Teenage Fanclub. They’re the first band that I really got into, way back in the heady summer of 1991, and their sun-drenched harmonies were the soundtrack to much of my 1990s. So it’s hardly a surprise that despite the disappointments of the last couple of albums, I still hang on their every word, [...]

Bon Iver @ St Giles’ church, 4 June 2008

Friday, 6 June 2008, 16:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Justin Vernon isn’t much of a rock star. None of this ‘aren’t I great’ posturing or strutting of any kind. Quite the opposite in fact. He seems quite humbled and bowled over by the response to his debut album as Bon Iver, the wonderful record with the romantic back-story that has had critics and fans [...]

Bon Iver @ St Giles’ church, 4 June 2008

Friday, 6 June 2008, 16:25 | Category : Uncategorized
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Justin Vernon isn’t much of a rock star. None of this ‘aren’t I great’ posturing or strutting of any kind. Quite the opposite in fact. He seems quite humbled and bowled over by the response to his debut album as Bon Iver, the wonderful record with the romantic back-story that has had critics and fans [...]

Psychedelic Horseshit

Friday, 6 June 2008, 12:35 | Category : Uncategorized
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Over the past year or so I seem to have come across loads of great bands with bad names. You’ve got to overcome your initial prejudice through appreciating the music. With Psychedelic Horseshit it’s the other way around. You hope that the band’s music is really as good as their name.
The answer is a qualified [...]